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Old 02-23-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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PA Turnpike/I-76 Question?

First, yaaaahooooo the camping season is almost upon us northerners.

I've got my first trip planned to go to Gettysburg & Lancaster & Hershey, PA in April. I've traveled to those locations many times from the Indy area. However, I've never taken the camper that way. So, I'm thinking that there are at least a few tunnels along the route. As an old truck driver I remember that there are a lot of restrictions in tunnels. Now, I'm wondering, do these tunnels have restrictions on the LP tanks that we carry on our campers and do I need to take alternative routes? Mine is just a single 40lb tank.

I have done a quick search in the PA DOT website but can't find anything on it.

Thanks in advance for your prompt response.

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Old 02-23-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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You only have to have them turned off if I remember correctly.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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Sorry, never mind. I found what I was looking for. It looks like <100lbs has no restrictions.
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I would be more worried about the high toll fees and if there is construction zones, the lanes being very narrow.

The first 20 or so mile section you pay a separate toll which is outrageous. I'll notice many truckers by-passing that first section (western entrance) and entering at route I-79 and I-76 intersection.
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Maybe slightly off-topic, but we avoid the toll roads whenever possible. We go to Chincoteague Island, VA at least once a year and we take the "southern route", from Chicago to I65 to I70. Better roads, more scenic and less $$$. A little more distance (50 miles +/-) but we're not in a hurry. Getting there is half the fun!
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we use it all the time only bulk restrictions for hasmat
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We have a trip planned from the western entrance of the PA. pike to exit 11 (Bedford). There is really no other route that I could use to by-pass the pa. Pike, so I'll just have to bite the bullet. $$$$....
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You are right, no restrictions on your propane except you must have them turned off. You enter the turnpike at new Stanton coming from Indy and there is only one toll when you get off. Wouldn't be too bad although PA keeps raising the tolls recently.
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As far as I know there is a bit of construction when you get on and then about Harrisburg/Carlisle area right now. Didn't have to stop though because of it. That was in november when we left.
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Where are you staying around the Hershey area?
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Where are you staying around the Hershey area?
Not sure yet. Looks like the campgrounds around Hershey don't open until after we are done in that area. We may just stay in the Gettysburg area for the entire time. I don't mind staying in one lacation, it's my wife that wants to go go go go.
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Not sure yet. Looks like the campgrounds around Hershey don't open until after we are done in that area. We may just stay in the Gettysburg area for the entire time. I don't mind staying in one lacation, it's my wife that wants to go go go go.
If you want to stay in the Lancaster area Spring Gulch is a nice place. We go there every year. We like to stay all the way in the back on top of the mountain.
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Will be going to Carlisle area myself in lat April. Have to findout how much tolls will cost me as well and what may be better roads for me to tavel on. Some of the IN and OH tolls get spendy for my rig and toad.
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If you are traveling from Indy to the Harrisburg area, the best route I know (Pittsburgh native and longtime Turnpike driver) is coming into PA on I-70 from Ind and Ohio.

You stay south of Pittsburgh and avoid the first 70 miles of the Turnpike before getting onto the Tpke at the New Stanton, PA exit. You avoid those extra tolls, and some construction area.

The PA Turnpike between Pgh and Breezewood is MUCH NICER to drive nowadays. Been using it for 40 yrs now.

Enjoy Gettysburg. We usually stay at Round Top CG. OK place, close enough to town.

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